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At the Ritz Carlton Boston
Luxe Yankee Traditionalism

Where it is: Downtown

The folks running the Ritz Carlton Boston know what sort of hotel experience they're providing people, and they know it's addictive.

If Coco Chanel had taken up with a Kennedy or some other iconic New England poo bah connected to the area, the Ritz Carlton Boston is the hotel they would have chosen for stays in the city. Accustomed to the best of the good life, Mademoiselle would not only have felt at home with the Ritz's alert, attentive staff, she would have appreciated the Ritz's modern take on traditional Yankee luxury: an elegant, uncomplicated aesthetic executed with rich, high-quality materials. It's difficult not to love the staff, the amenities, and the design point of view.

The Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Boston The Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

And of course there is the service: the exacting, personalized, no (reasonable) request denied, everyone-knows-your-name kind of service. The type of service that includes everything from a concierge miraculously landing you a table at that popular restaurant that was booked three-weeks in advance when you called twenty minutes ago, to accompanying you to the hospital should you suffer a medical emergency during your stay.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Boston delivers the kind of dedicated service that leaves you with the intoxicating, disorienting feeling that the hotel staff is in fact, your personal staff, and has been for years. It is the kind of service it is easy to get used to with terrifying speed.

Ritz-Carlton Boston Guest Room A guest room at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

Children are thoughtfully accommodated here - the tightly restricted children's pool access hours being a noticeable exception - but this is a hotel for more grownup pleasures. After a long day working or seeing the sights, you can slide into a banquette at the hotel's Avery Bar with one of their ten signature martinis, then head up to your room for a soak in the impressive marble bath. Guest rooms at the Ritz Carlton Boston are unusually, dreamily quiet but the public spaces – particularly the Club Lounge – buzz with a soothing energy.

View of the Boston Common from the Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite View of the Boston Common from the Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite

And by the way, that Club Lounge? To which any guest who books a room at the Club level has complimentary access? One of the Ritz's best perks: a small army of concierges for Club guests only, plus a day-and-night-long parade of drinks and nibbles in the swanky Club Lounge, available to guests at their whim.

Plus at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Boston MA visitors will find all the right notes hit on the luxury essentials: complimentary weekday morning car service; discount guest access to next door's Sports Club/LA, a gym so spectacular it actually inspires me to exercise; Bose radios in guest rooms for audiophiles.

This is a luxury hotel for grownups. Old school, New England style, with a modern twist. Expect withdrawal symptoms after checkout.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111; 617-266-7203

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